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The Lovecraft Lexicon: A Reader's Guide to Persons, Places and Things in the Tales of H.P. Lovecraft Paperback – May 31, 2005
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Lovecraft is best known for his creation the Necronomicon, a book supposedly written by the "mad Arab" Abdul Alhazred (a name which probably originated in all-has-read, a name Lovecraft came up with at an early age as a joke for his immense interest in reading), but hardcore fans of his macabre yet beautiful stories also know about people and places such as Charles Dexter Ward, Miscatonic University, The Old Ones, Dunwich, Cthulhu, and so on. Anthony Pearsall, a devoted fan since an early age, has now created what more or less should be known as the ultimate Lovecraft lexicon, where numerous locations, people, and large as well as small influences or happenings connected to Lovecraft are described with the utmost precision.
But beware; it's a lexicon, not a traditional book in the normal sense of the word. Reading it all in one go is not recommended, and you won't have much use for it unless you're a Lovecraft fan. But to every fan - myself included - who cannot resist his stories, the book is quite frankly a must. In the beginning Pearsall offers a short yet informative biography of his hero, and then the lexicon begins... Pearsall has been EXTREMELY precise with his work, and since Lovecraft from time to time can be a very difficult author to read the book will prove very useful, for instance since Lovecraft had a tendency to use the same people, places, and events in different stories.Read more ›
-The Very Old Folk
-What the Moon Brings
Granted three of those are only fragmentary, but I still believe they should have all been included for the sake of completeness. Even if they only used the other 7 it still would had made this book that little bit better.
I am very well pleased with this; I've been reading it cover to cover and have got as far as "Witch House". I think Pearsall gives a fine explanation in each entry, including clarifying points about America in early 20th century that contemporary readers might not know - explaining what a "party line" was, for instance.
I personally only noticed one error (I wouldn't have caught the Catullus error) - Pearsall seems to have thought that Joseph Curwen, after murdering Charles Dexter Ward, recreated and took over Ward's body. This is repeated at several places, so it wasn't just a slip of writing at one point. He probably got a few letters when the book came out correcting him on that point.
I'd give it 4.9 out of 5 - rounding off to 5 stars - but only for Lovecraft fans, of course. A non-Lovecraft fan probably wouldn't care for this at all.
P.S. The other thing I tried to do was correlate the dates in Lovecraft's stories. That has also been done, in The Chronology Out of Time, a 33 page pamphlet by Peter Cannon.
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The Lovecraft Lexicon was a perfect companion to my Encyclopedia Cthulhiana. While one covers the monsters, the Lexicon goes deeper into the locales and language that Lovecraft... Read morePublished on June 17, 2013 by Andy Nunez, Editor of Against the Odds Magazine
If you are a writer of Lovecraftian weird fiction, this is an extremely handy tool as well as a source of rich delight. Read morePublished on July 28, 2011 by Wilum Hopfrog Pugmire, Esq.
The author has copied and alphabetized almost every personal and place name in the stories he surveys, but shows little specialized knowledge of the type to be expected in a... Read morePublished on October 13, 2009 by Perfectionist
I only recently began reading Lovecraft's Mythos stories and this book is a welcome aid. It helps me make sense of all the different characters and get a better feel for the... Read morePublished on May 10, 2008 by C. Reeves
I've been a fan of H.P. Lovecraft's unique brand of horror writing since I was in high school. Now, after many years have passed, I still love all things Lovecraft. Read morePublished on October 10, 2007 by W. K. Boozer